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BIAL Foundation
TI:"Children who speak of past-life experiences: Is there a psychological explanation? "
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DocumentChildren who speak of past-life experiences: Is there a psychological explanation? 2003

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-1998
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 11/1998
1998 Grants
Start date: 1999-01 - 2005-12
11 caixas de arquivo

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-1998-028
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/1998
028 - Psychological characteristics of children who speak of previous-life memories: An extended study and replication in Lebanon
Duration: 1999-01 - 2001-07
Erlendur Haraldsson, Majd Abu-Izzedin, Caroline Kordahi
Institution(s): Universiity of Iceland, Reykjavik (Iceland)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
3 Articles
Language: eng
Haraldsson, E.
Secondary author(s):
Abu-Izzeddin, M., Kordahi, C.
Number of reproductions:
Parapsychology / Survival after bodily death / Claimed memories of previous lives / Personality factors

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-1998-028.03
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/1998
Children who speak of past-life experiences: Is there a psychological explanation?
Publication year: 2003
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Children who claim to remember fragments of a past life are found in some countries. Various explanations have been put forward as to why the alleged memories develop, ranging from reincarnation to 'therapeutic resource'. This study puts to the test the role of some psychological characteristics and the circumstances in which the children live, such as fantasy, suggestibility, social isolation, dissociation, and attention-seeking. Thirty children in Lebanon who had persistently spoken of past-life memories, and 30 comparison children, were administered relevant tests and questionnaires. The target group obtained higher scores for daydreaming, attention-seeking, and dissociation, but not for social isolation and suggestibility. The level of dissociation was much lower than in cases of multiple personality and not clinically relevant. There was some evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder-like symptoms. Eighty per cent of the children spoke of past-life memories of circumstances leading to a violent death (mostly accidents, also war-related deaths and murder). It is discussed if this imagery-when experienced repeatedly-may serve as a stressor.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
By permission
Haraldsson, E.
Document type:
Number of reproductions:
Haraldsson, E. (2003). Children who speak of past-life experiences: Is there a psychological explanation? Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice, 76(1), 55-67.
2-year Impact Factor: 0.406|2003
Times cited: 18|2024-02-05
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q4
Keywords: Parapsychology / Reincarnation / Past life memories

Children who speak of past-life experiences: Is there a psychological explanation?

Children who speak of past-life experiences: Is there a psychological explanation?